Entertainment and attractions in Venezuela
The colorful city of Merida is one of the most popular tourist centers in Venezuela, from where many trails and routes for hiking, trekking and other outdoor activities begin. Around Angel there are four picturesque waterfalls – Salto Acha, Salto Ukaima, Salto Galondrina and Salto Guadima, plus the picturesque Laguna de Canaima with small sandy beaches. According to petwithsupplies, Caracas is one of the largest cities in Venezuela.
The Roraima Plateau is considered by the Indians to be the “center of the Earth” and got its name from the highest mountain in the massif – Roraima (2772 m). However, there are enough other famous mountains in the vicinity: Cerro Autana, Cerro Pintado or “Painted Mountain” (several dozen petroglyphs, many of which have no analogues on the continent), Serra de La Neblina or “Mountain of Mists”, Cerro Sarisarinam with huge canyons.
Also interesting in Venezuela are the caves of Cueva del Guacharo, the cities of Barquisimeto and Coro, and the plains of Llanos. All the details about the sights of Venezuela – on the page “Subtleties of tourism”.
Capital of Venezuela
Santiago de Leon de Caracas… This is not the name of a little-known Spanish actor at all, Caracas is a real city in Venezuela, or rather, its capital. Where did such a long name come from? Everything is simple! In fact, it was made up of several names, including the patron saint of Spain, Santiago, the governor, Pedro Ponce de Leon, and, finally, the local Caracas tribe.
This city is also often referred to as the “Valley of Singing Birds”. Such a sonorous name was given to him by the Indians who once inhabited the valley of the Caribbean Andes. The city has managed to preserve its natural splendor and at the same time become what it has become – an incredibly vibrant, passionate and energetic center of Venezuela. Today it is a city of many faces, where ancient cathedrals alternate with modern skyscrapers and poor slums.
Holidays in Venezuela
Venezuela is a land of contrasts. Wild jungles coexist with the snow-capped peaks of the Andes and endless sandy beaches. Original villages are located a stone’s throw from large cities, huge skyscrapers make their way through a series of poor shacks.
Holidays in Venezuela can be bright and varied. Relaxed lying on the beaches of the paradise island of Margarita and conquering the Humboldt peak, surfing on the Koche island and walking through the wild jungle – everyone will find an option to their liking. You can feel all the splendor of pristine nature by going to the Llanos savannah, home to more than 350 species of birds.
You can plunge deeper into the cultural life and go on an informative tour of historical places. Adventure seekers should visit the Las Mercedes and El Rosal districts, where incendiary dances until you drop and many interesting acquaintances await travelers.
Shopping and stores
The best souvenir from Venezuela is, of course, rum. Original local products are also popular, such as painted clay dolls, as well as hammocks, colorful capes and openwork baskets made by local Indians. Must-buy aromatic local coffee and chocolate.
Most shops in the country are open from 8:00 to 18:00 on weekdays, however, outside of Caracas, many shops close by noon and do not open until 14:00-15:00. Some shopping centers are open until 21:00-22:00.
Cuisine and restaurants of Venezuela
Like many other Latin American countries, the basis of Venezuelan cuisine is meat, legumes, corn, special bananas, as well as many vegetables and spices, often used in the most unpredictable combinations.
Tips are usually 10% of the bill. Most bars and restaurants automatically add that much to the bill, but even then it’s customary to tip the waiter directly. Most often, money is simply left on the table.
A separate attraction of Merida is the local Koromoto ice cream parlor. This institution is rightfully listed in the Guinness Book of Records, as it has the widest assortment in the world. In addition to amazing fruit and sweet varieties, here you can taste ice cream with the taste of shrimp, beer, sardines and even garlic!
The most popular word in Venezuela is manana, which here, in addition to its original meaning “tomorrow”, has many other translations and is used by local residents for any reason.